Laying the foundation
Chiropractic care is like building a house - certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand strong and work correctly. When building a house, if you tried to put up your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually collapse. If you tried to put on your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. The same is true for your body. Your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully. There are three general phases of care . . .
Phase 1: Initial Care (Relief Care)
If you are in pain when you come into our office, the first objective is to start the process of healing. By doing so, most if not all people feel better. Depending on the severity of your problem, it is typical to need care 2-4 times per week for 4-12 weeks.
Phase 2: Restorative Care (Decision time)
During the restoration care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury and promote a more whole you. It is typical to need care 4-8 times per month for 6-24 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed, it is important to come in for periodic adjustments to avoid problems in the future. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor once a week to once a month, based on your lifestyle and goals.